Definition of milt in English:

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milt

Pronunciation: /milt/

noun

1The semen of a male fish.
Example sentences
  • As she releases the eggs on the bed, the male simultaneously releases milt to fertilize them.
  • As the eggs and milt are released, males thrash their tails wildly, apparently to help scatter the eggs.
  • Paddlefish are broadcast spawners whereby multiple males swim near and release milt onto the eggs liberated by a female.
1.1A sperm-filled reproductive gland of a male fish.
Example sentences
  • Soft roe or milt is the male fish's reproductive gland.
  • "Soft roe" (also called "white roe") is the milt (male reproductive glands filled with seminal fluid) of the male fish.

Origin

Old English milte 'spleen', of Germanic origin; perhaps related to melt. The current sense dates from the late 15th century.

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Syllabification: milt

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